Linear Jazz Improvisation: The Method (Book 1)

Book 1 is the LJI method text, while the other books are comprised of exercises and etudes designed to directly apply its concepts through playing and singing.

 

All LJI exercise books are available for all instruments and voices, in both e-book and spiral-bound hard copy format; they all come with free sound files to practice with.

 

The text-only Book 1 provides a comprehensive introduction to the unique core concepts and techniques of LJI Method.

 

Using a wealth of examples from the jazz repertory, Book I avoids theoretical terminology and focuses on identifying and systematically developing the essential elements of tunes.

 

LJI offers not only the methodology for focused practicing of meaningful improvisation in your own style, it supplies the very substance of what to play.

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Linear Jazz Improvisation: Triads (Book 2)

Takes LJI Method into applied practice, including Free Sound Files to practice with.

 

Develops the 4 basic triad types and targets each with the 10 LJI Chromatic Targeting Groups, notated in the 3 most common jazz keys, ranging over 2 octaves.

 

Practice Playing and singing each exercise with the sound files, and then improvise.

 

This is also a great ear training book: Internalizing these triad types will be a great first step towards mastering jazz language.

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Linear Jazz Improvisation: 7th Chords (Book 3)

Focuses on the chromatic targeting of the 12 LJI 7th Chords, spanning 2 octaves.

 

Reveals wonderful octatonic pitch collections to improvise on, providing thousands of melodic ideas.

 

This is also a great Ear Training book, since internalizing these essential 12 LJI 7th Chords will greatly advance your vocabulary.

 

Learn by singing, playing, and then improvising on each, along with the Free Sound Files.

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Discount Combo: 20% Off! Books 1-3

Save 20% by purchasing Books 1, 2, and 3 in this convenient all-in-one download (discount available in e-books only).

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Functional Jazz Guitar

For someone who has been teaching jazz guitar for over forty years, it's great to finally have a book I can use. Ed Byrne's Functional Jazz Guitar book is a great way to help students realize their full potential. Dom Minasi

 

Learn the skills needed for playing in a jazz group with this fun 255-page method.

 

Practice specific cadence and blues comps; guide-tone and bass lines; rhythms, voicings, and licks in major and minor, in all 12 keys—with 9 Free Sound Files!

 

Spiral-bound print books also available.

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Songbook Series: Blue Monk, Bb Blues

Start applying LJI directly to specific tunes with this book!

 

This is our recommended book for your first application of LJI targeting and the development of a specific composition's melodic rhythms.

 

When it comes to jazz improvisation, there are some songs that everyone needs to know. Thelonious Monk's classic standard Bb medium swing 12-bar blues, Blue Monk, is one of the best.

 

Download the Free Sound Files and start improvising like a pro.

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Songbook Series: Blue Bossa

Another great book to begin applying LJI targeting to a specific tune.

 

A true classic, Blue Bossa is perhaps the most called-upon tune in jam sessions the world over.

 

Practice with the Free Sound Files and apply LJI principles to this beautiful 16-bar bossa nova.

 

Learn not only how, but what to play!

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Songbook Series: Stella by Starlight

If you don't know Stella by Starlight, here's your chance.

 

This installment of the Songbook Series will have you riffing on this classic like a pro, after applying the 10 LJI Targeting Patterns to it in creative ways.

 

Culminates in a beautiful 1-chorus line that you can use on gigs!

 

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LJI Bichordal Triad Pitch Collection Etudes (Book 4)

All New Vocabulary!

 

Takes improvisation to a higher, super-melodic level, exploring 12 hexachords, 9 pentachords, and 3 tetrachords: 24 pitch collections of new vocabulary, notated in the 3 most common keys.

 

Learn by singing and playing along with the Free Sound Files, and they will supply you with endless new improvisation ideas.

 

First learn each etude, and then improvise on its motives.

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LJI Polytonal Triad Etudes (Book 5)

This book offers enough advanced modern vocabulary to keep you occupied for years!

 

An 8-bar pantonal triadic line is developed in a variety of mind-blowing ways!

 

Methods of motive development are employed, including various forms of transposition, non-functional chord succession, retrograde, retrograde inversion, mirror, fragmentation, and sequencing.

 

Learn each etude, then improvise on its motives.

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Speaking of Jazz: Essays and Attitudes

Here is a lifetime of thinking about jazz and improvisation, from one of its premier practitioners and educators.

 

From theory to practice, and everything in between, this one-of-a-kind 276-page book is a virtual encyclopedia of living and playing the jazz life.

 

This book includes hundreds of musical examples, practicing tips, song analyses, theory, and exercises.

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Hot Lines ~ Jazz Standards

This 36-page collection of hip, polished melodic lines applies LJI Method to well-known standards and major and minor blues progressions--in a fun and effective way!

 

Have fun practicing with the Free Sound Files, and use these lines on gigs.

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Songbook Series: All The Things You Are

Buy this book now, and make this beautiful standard tune from the Great American Songbook your own!

 

Download the Free Sound Files and get started applying the principles of LJI in the most effective possible way.

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Songbook Series: F Blues

Riffraff is a great straight-ahead medium swing, modern jazz blues riff in F. Written by Ed, it's a great addition, in a familiar key, to your repertoire.

 

This book systematically develops each and every idea and rhythm in the piece.

 

Download the Free Sound Files and start improvising.

 

Use this tune on gigs!

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Songbook Series: I Hear A Rhapsody

Applies LJI Chromatic Targeting to the beautiful straight-ahead 32-bar swing AABA-form mainstay of jazz.

 

This volume of the Songbook Series will have you improvising like a pro on this great song in no time!

 

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Songbook Series: Blue Rendezvous

Blue Rendezvous is a beautiful, moody, Impressionist-inspired composition by Ed.

 

Add it to your jazz repertoire and use it on gigs!

 

Download the Free Sound Files now and apply the principles of LJI to this wonderful original.

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Live Online Lessons

Work with Ed—in Real Time—from anywhere in the world.

 

Get one-on-one guidance, no matter where you live, using free software.

 

All levels, styles, ages, instruments, voices

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  Block Chord Keyboard Cadences

Here is a practical—and inexpensive—keyboard mini-book of 21 pages, containing II V I cadences voiced in block and modified block chords, in all 12 keys—in both Major and Minor modes.

 

Use this book to gain basic essential keyboard harmony facility for learning tunes. Comes with free sound files to practice with.

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The Influence of Claude Debussy's and Maurice Ravel's Music on Jazz, as Seen in the Compositions of Bix Beiderbecke, Bill Evans and Miles Davis

The Impressionist musical influence on jazz musicians has long been noted. This book, originally written as a doctoral dissertation for the New England Conservatory, offers the first—and only—analytical proof
of this connection. Everything in this 90-page scholarly study is documented, including bibliographies, detailed analysis of specific musical examples, and a chapter on modality, tracing such 20th century salient characteristic devices as: quartal harmony, unresolved melodic tensions, pedal points, pitch collections, non-functional chord successions, bitonal and polytonal relationships, and much more.

 

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